I don’t usually review albums I consider mainstream but after listening to Chris Stapleton’s Traveller three times in less than 24 hours, I could not let this one go. I fully understand why his debut album won best Country music album at the Country Music Awards and at the Grammy Awards in 2015.
Listening to Traveller is like eating a well-planned and prepared meal. The songs are well-ordered and delivered with the appropriate emotions. Overall, it’s a country album, but it’s seasoned with gracious amounts of rock, blues and soul. We should expect no less. Stapleton has writing experience that crosses several genres. He has not only written for well-known country artists but also for singers such as Cheryl Crow and Darius Rucker, who have both dabbled in genres outside country music.
Traveller possesses that genuine country sound that is impossible to create without the right lyrics, arrangements, musicians and vocals. Stapleton’s voice has the right portion of twang, grit and growl. Harmonies, provided by his wife (Morgan), are sweet and mellow, an appropriate juxtaposition to Stapleton’s powerful leads.
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